TONY AWARDS: How We Enjoyed Broadway’s Biggest Night

It’s hard being the only theatre nerd in your family. Especially when the Tony Awards come around. No one wants to fangirl about it with you. That’s why going to a viewing party is so much fun! You’re around other fans who appreciate the same things you do! The Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosted their first viewing party in Costa Mesa, CA last night and the free event encouraged local patrons to come down to the performing arts venue for a night under the stars.

**CEREMONY SPOILERS AHEAD**

Patrons had access to a special red carpet experience. Photo taken by Kathryn Mudgway.

THE VIEWING PARTY 

Festivities took place in the newly finished Julianne and George Argyros Plaza from approximately 7 pm until the end of the broadcast. In addition to the two choir performances and activities spread across the plaza, fans had access to a special red carpet experience where they could take a picture with South Coast Repertory‘s own Tony! SCR received the nod in 1988. Center 360 Cafe was also open for those who needed food and refreshments. Our MC’s name was Jacob.

We got to fill out ballots. My final score was 15/26. Photo by Kathryn Mudgway.

THE HOSTS

Grammy and Tony nominees Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles co-hosted the ceremony. Both were prominent singers in the music industry before making their Broadway debuts in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and Waitress: A New Musical. They kept audiences entertained with their musical and comedic talents throughout the night. We’d love to see them host another event. If you ever get the chance to see them live, we highly recommend that as well. Both have a wonderful/strong stage presence and complement each other well. Were any of your photos featured in the show through #TonyDreaming?

CEREMONY RECAP

There are a total 26 categories that are split up between plays, musicals, and their revivals. When the nominees were announced, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical took home a whopping 12 nominations! By the time the show was done, however, it only managed to grab one Tony for David Zinn’s work in scenic design.

The musical that did extremely well was David Cromer’s The Band’s Visit and we’re really glad it did. TBV took home 10/11 of its original acknowledgements (including Best Musical)! Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Once On This Island took home the trophy for Best Musical Revival. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 snagged 6 and Angels in America went back with 3.

To see the full list of winners, click here. Congratulations, everyone!

FINAL THOUGHTS 

  • We hope that the SCFTA team continues to host award viewing parties on top of their regularly scheduled summer movie nights. It was fun.
  • We’d love to see Josh and Sara pair up again for another project.
  • Representation was strong this year. Special shout out to Lindsay Mendez and Tony Shalhoub.
  • We appreciated the fan tributes and seeing the old theatre photos of the stars.

If you haven’t seen the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School performance yet…